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    PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    Plumbing re-do project is complete and after replacing every bit of PVC above grade - I found a leak once I turned the pump on - on the spa side return at the union from the 90 on the the jandy to the below grade line. (I'll take a pic today). Other then cutting it up is there a good fix for this? I was thinking of lathering up the joint with pvc cement and putting a shop vac on the line to draw the glue in.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    In general bad PVC joints should be cut out and replaced. You can occasionally get enough glue into the joint to seal it for now, but it will never be as good a joint as a correctly glued joint.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    I was thinking of lathering up the joint with pvc cement and putting a shop vac on the line to draw the glue in.
    Well, I would think that would surely fail, but you have nothing to lose except a little time and conceivably could work.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    I was hoping for a trick. - but I am thinking you guys are right I need to cut out the coupling. But now the question is - how to do it. Cut out a section big enough to put in 2 couplings with a piece between the two couplings making a slip joint? Maybe I'll just run a dremel down the sides of the coupling and bust it off...
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    I think the best way would be to cut it out as suggested. One time I was working in a tight spot where cutting out was going to be a hassle. I tried one of those leak-b-gone rings and it worked. Here is a link to the product: http://www.pvcleakrepair.com/
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    man - I'll give it a shot. If it doesn't work I just have to cut it out. I spent a 2 weeks of my free time working on this pool. - redid the plumbing and redid the electrical to 2008 NEC. I want to take a break from this project and work on the 25 others.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    I don't see why you couldnt just make your own ring, you don't really need the little "lock" part on the ring. BasicAlly that is just a patch.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    I don't see why not. Take a scrap piece of slightly larger PVC, cut a small ring, trim the diameter, glue it in place with a hose clamp till it dries. Could even cut a ring from a fitting of the same size as the pipe.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    Totally -- I'll just take a coupling and cut it up. I'll let you know how it works. I normaly would just 'do it right' - but I as a I mentioned after 2 weeks of messing with this pool I am done.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'

    In case anyone was waiting on the results of the split PVC. No dice -lesson reminded - just do it correctly. lucky it was 5 minutes of my time. I have already started digging it up.
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    Re: PVC Joint Leaking - Is there a 'simple fix'



    I was able to fix this male going into a female joint by priming then putting on cement. Gravity helped I'm sure.
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